Eastern Lakes in conflict over headquarter relocation
By Kidega Livingstone
The Eastern Lake State government has warned community of Yirol of interfering with the government programs.
This came after Luac community allegedly submitted a petition to Eastern Lakes state government ordering relocation of its headquarters to Yirol within three months.
Yirol is the current capital city of Eastern Lakes State but the inhabitants want the state government headquarters be relocated from the area.
Speaking to Juba Monitor from Eastern Lakes State on Wednesday, the Acting Minister of Information who is the Minister of Physical Infrastructure Mr. Abraham Majak Makur said that the state headquarters will never be relocated.
“It is very clear that Yirol will remain the headquarters of Eastern Lakes state. We dismissed all petitions from the community and that is why we are calling on them to cooperate with the government in order to bring development in the area,” Majak said.
He stated that the issue of revenue collection was the causes of the loggerhead saying it was the duty of the state government to collect revenues but not the counties.
The community in their letter, urged the state government to abandon the collection of taxes within the town to the commissioner of Yirol County.
Majak dismissed the three months ultimatum threat given by community to the government to relocate from the area.
“Luac community should know that relocation of headquarters is not easy because a lot of resources would be wasted. A lot of money will be needed because construction of government offices requires much money,” Majak said.
However, attempts to reach the Commissioner of Yirol County Mr. Makuei Acinkoc were futile by press time.